Why is it Necessary to Maintain your Septic Tank?
Would you by an expensive car and never change the oil? NO. The same principal can be applied to your septic tank. Over time, solids build up in the tank. How many people are in the home, their lifestyles, garbage disposals, laundry entering the system, and multiple other factors determine how frequently a tank should be cleaned. When sludge builds up in the bottom of the tank and it reaches a level where it will be taken out incrementally into the absorption field, it begins to plug the soil. The level of sludge can be determined by an inspection. When the solids are more than one third of the total liquid level, it is time for the tank to be cleaned.
Periodic removal of scum and sludge will prolong the life of your system. The solids cannot be removed from the tank through a 4-inch inspection port. The manholes and/or lids need to be removed and a thorough cleaning take place
Remember, your septic tank is not a landfill. The only thing that should be going into your septic tank is toilet paper and bodily waste. Items that do not decompose make the scum thicker and cause the tank to backup.
No non decomposables
Lots of non-decomposables